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Why environmental management may yield no-regret pollution abatement options

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  • Bréchet, Thierry
  • Jouvet, Pierre-André

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Empirical evidence supports the existence of pollution abatement possibilities at negative costs, the so-called 'no-regret options'. We provide a microeconomic rationale for the existence of such potential at the firm level. An econometric application confirms that pollution abatement cost curves with no-regret options are compatible with a standard production function, as stated in our theoretical model.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 68 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (April)
Pages: 1770-1777

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:68:y:2009:i:6:p:1770-1777

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Keywords: No-regret options Pollution Environmental management;

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  1. Jouvet, Pierre-André & Solier, Boris, 2013. "An overview of CO2 cost pass-through to electricity prices in Europe," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/7761, Paris Dauphine University.
  2. Rosetta Lombardo, 2009. "Beyond Compliance: Firms’ Environmental Behaviour. A Survey," Working Papers 200918, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza (Ex Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica).
  3. Thierry Bréchet & Sylvette Ly, 2013. "The many traps of green technology promotion," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 15(1), pages 73-91, January.
  4. BRECHET, Thierry & LY, Sylvette, 2010. "Technological greening, eco-efficiency, and no-regret strategy," CORE Discussion Papers 2010031, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  5. Jouvet, Pierre-André & De Perthuis, Christian, 2012. "La croissance verte : de l’intention à la mise en oeuvre," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/10234, Paris Dauphine University.

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